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Visitors to Big Bear asked to postpone trips due to threat from El Dorado Fire

BIG BEAR, Calif. ( — The El Dorado Fire has prompted authorities to issue an advisory encouraging visitors to postpone their trips to the Big Bear Valley until the threat has passed.

The advisory was signed as a direct response of yesterday’s expanded evacuation order and closure of the Highway 39 corridor between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit, officials said.

Officials said the intent of the advisory is to increase awareness of the potential threat to the Big Bear Valley from the fire and to minimize the population should evacuations become necessary.

Until further notice the following actions will be in place:

  • Highway 138 closed to all traffic in both directions at Bryant Street un Yucaipa.
  • Highway 18 west of Big Bear Valley has an advisory point set up at Snow Valley Ski Resort.
  • Highway 18 north of Big Bear Valley has an advisory point set up at the Mitsubishi Cement Plant.

The advisory was signed on September 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Jeff Willis, Fire Chief for the Big Bear Fire Department, Dan Munsey, Fire Chief for San Bernardino County Fire, Ron Janssen, Deputy-Chief for CAL FIRE, and Trevis Newport, Deputy Chief for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The El Dorado Fire began Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa and has scorched 12, 610 acres with 23% containment.

“Our firefighters continue to combat this fire and are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property,” said County Fire Chief Dan Munsey. “We’re making progress, but we implore residents to follow evacuation orders for their own safety and the safety of firefighters.”

The Forest Service Department temporarily closed all National Forests in California on September 9, 2020 due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state.

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